Global IT services outfit, Dimension Data has locally launched a new Cloud assessment program to help companies develop their Cloud strategy.
The new Cloud readiness service aims to help companies assess their ability and readiness for migrating applications to the Cloud. It will address four main areas such as business alignment, organisation, infrastructure and applications.
It features an online self-assessment; readiness workshop with DiData’s consulting and professional services team; readiness assessment and total cost of ownership.
DiData general manager of Cloud services, Dave Hanrahan, said moving to the Cloud was a complex process and many aspects needed to be considered such as security, application migration, internal readiness, billing, authentication, single sign-on and integration with other applications.
“The lack of a long-term Cloud strategy can result in costly re-architecture and reintegration measures down the line,” Hanrahan said. “Even the most sophisticated IT organisations find the process of migrating to the Cloud challenging."
He said it was witnessing a broad take-up across the market of the self-assessment capability and businesses with 500 - 2000 seats were taking up the cloud readiness workshop, and the custom consulting piece was strongly taken up within the utilities and financial sector.
Hanrahan said it expected to see about 50 per cent of its clients that haven't trialed anything in the Cloud yet, look at either the online assessment or readiness workshop.
"We seem to moving into a much more mature phase of the Cloud, where clients are really keen to map their readiness and ability to move their organisational capability," he said.